Friday 2 February 2018
Link O’ The Week:
Designer-Oriented Styles – “Thinking in components is to think like a designer. Designers had it right all along.” by James Kyle.
Evolution of <img>: Gif without the GIF – “mp4s in <img> tags display 20x faster and decode 7x faster than the GIF equivalent – in addition to being 1/14th the file size!” Now available in Safari Next (along with Service Worker, Web App Manifest, Payment Request API. Yay!
Mary Lee Berners-Lee obituary – RIP Mary Lee Berners-Lee, on the 1951 programming team for the 1st commercial computer, & leader of successful campaign for equal pay for male and female programmers
The latest ways to deal with the cascade, inheritance and specificity (CSS tricks)
Lessons Learned, making our app with Web Components – splendid case-study (and nice component architecture) by my brainy chums Ruth John and Ada Rose Cannon
Frontend in 2017: The important parts
Multi-Colored SVG Symbol Icons with CSS Variables
One File, Many Options: Using Variable Fonts on the Web
How to use variable fonts in the real world by Richard Rutter
Challenges for web developers – Paul Kinlan “wrote this to articulate the challenges of the wider developer ecosystem that my team (Chrome and Web Developer Relations) need to address”
“display: contents” is coming Finally – (yay, Blink-tickling ex-Operative @runeLi)
Bad Month for the Main Thread – by Dave Rupert
Rawss – “Generic CSS polyfill framework, with a CSS variables implementation”. IE-tested and can be used for polyfilling any imagined CSS feature and for general CSS prototyping.
UN Broadband Commission adopts new target for affordable internet – The “1 for 2” target (1GB of mobile broadband available for 2% or less of average monthly income) was originally proposed by Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI)
Facebook delivers deathblow to ad-driven media models; how publishers can fight back – “the era of ad-driven media businesses is dead”
Ten years in, nobody has come up with a use for blockchain – “What if, ten years after it was invented, the reason nobody has adopted a distributed ledger at scale is because nobody wants it?”
‘Fiction is outperforming reality’: how YouTube’s algorithm distorts truth (The Guardian)
We Are Truly Fucked: Everyone Is Making AI-Generated Fake Porn Now – “A user-friendly application has resulted in an explosion of convincing face-swap porn.”
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